To cure racism, treat the disease — not the symptoms
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Recently, I saw a patient because he had started coughing up small amounts of blood. I discussed the patient with one of the medical students. He felt that that the patient’s diagnosis was hemoptysis; basically, coughing up blood. My response to him: “That it is not the diagnosis but a symptom.”
The diagnosis in the case turned out to be lung cancer. To treat the patient’s symptoms alone while ignoring the greater context of their overall health would leave the patient returning to the emergency room, next time with worse symptoms.